Documentation of Common Poorwill

Observer Information

Reporter:  Dan Loiz   
Other Observers:  none; Dan Loiz

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Common Poorwill
First Date/Time:  4/24/2011
Last Date/Time: 
Duration (total time in view):  20 seconds
County:  Larimer
Specific Location:  Backyard 616 South Shields St. Fort Collins, CO
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Male
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


grass lawn in densely vegetated backyard

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  naked eye
Distance:  10 ft
Light:  Dusk. motion sensor light was tripped and bird was spotted

Description of the Bird

Typical size and plumage. White tail corners were obvious. Moth-like flight.
Behaviors: Bird was sitting in the middle of the backyard lawn singing just after 8pm, Monday April 24th, 2011
on Shields St. near CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO
Then flew off in the direction of campus after circling over next door neighbor's backyard a few times. This backyard is well equipped to attract songbirds and woodpeckers - boxes, feeders, birdbath, suet, dense vegetation. But I've never seen or heard a poorwill in such an urban setting, or this early in the season.
Call: song - "poorwill" repeated loudly 5 times.
Plumage: breeding

Similar Species Discussion

song, white tail corners, moth-like flight, size, shape

Resources Used

Identification of song and personal sighting

Previous Experience

I have seen many poorwill, whip-poor-will and common nighthawk


Notes made AFTER observation

Additional Information

Time: just after 8pm
Elevation: 4950ft
Other Dates:
Nearest Town: Fort Collins
Independent Observers: Dan Loiz

Materials Available

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Date Documentation Submitted

4/25/2011 8:55:00 PM